KACL Fall 2020 Class Descriptions

October 20 – November 19

Tuesday 10:00 AM – Noon

October 20:  The Role of Northeast State Community College in the Tri-Cities.  (Connie Marshall filling in for Dr. Bullock)  Dr. Bethany Bullock, President, Northeast State Community College.  Dr. Bullock will discuss the part Northeast State plays in our region and in relationship to East Tennessee State University, King University, and Milligan University.

October 27:  What to Look for in the Presidential Election. Dr. Daryl Carter, Associate Professor of History, ETSU, will discuss critical issues impacting the nation as in the days leading up to the 2020 presidential election.  This talk will center on the extraordinary political, economic, social, and cultural issues facing the nation.  He is a favorite of KACL audiences.

November 3: East Tennessee’s Role in the Creation and Development of the Modern Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Bob Maleski, Retired, Eastman Chemical Company. The Food and Drug Administration was created in 1930, but its role of assuring the safety of pharmaceutical products did not really begin until immediately after a tragic event: the sulfanilamide disaster of 1937. Massengill Parma of Bristol, Tennessee marketed this sulfa drug as a solution in diethylene glycol, the toxicity of which was not widely known. In 1938 Congress passed the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, the statute that remains the basis of today’s FDA regulations. In the late 1950s this law was responsible for preventing the sale and distribution of Thalidomide in the United States of America. It was widely recognized that the Thalidomide disaster was narrowly averted in the USA because the 1938 Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act was not specific with regard to how a drug’s safety was to be approved. An East Tennessean, Senator Estes Kefauver, along with Representative Oren Harris (Arkansas), led the effort to create the FDA protocols that are in place today. The modern FDA methodology will be discussed in detail.

November 10: Downsizing and Living Clutter-Free. Ms. Angie Hyche, professional organizer and owner, Shipshape Solutions.  Ms. Hyche will discuss the ideal way to view our possessions, how to keep them from occupying too much space and attention, and how to plan ahead for eventual downsizing.  At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to interpret the statement, “downsizing is inevitable,” develop a plan for their possessions, identify a resource for organizing important documents, and understand how to negotiate common decluttering obstacles.

November 17:  What We Might Expect with the Presidential Election Behind Us. Dr. Daryl Carter, Associate Professor of History, ETSU, will give a post-election analysis of the outcome of the 2020 elections.

Wednesday 10:00 AM – Noon

October 21: Appalachian Poetry and Prose – The Path to Publication.  Ms. Rita S. Quillen, retired associate professor of English, Mountain Empire Community College. Ms. Quillen has published two novels: Hiding Ezra and Wayland, both to excellent reviews.  Five of her poetry collections have been published.  Poetry is perhaps her true love in literature.  Her most recent collection is the Mad Farmer’s Wife, which was a finalist for the Weatherford Award.  Ms. Quillen will explain the paths to publication.  She will treat us to some readings and give us some insight into her inspiration for writing poetry, and perhaps sing us a couple of her original songs.

October 28:  Introduction to Synthetic Biology.  Dr. Aruna Kilaru, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, ETSU, Ph.D. in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. Synthetic biology is an emerging field of science that involves redesigning organisms for renewed purposes. Public understanding of science associated with engineered organisms is ambivalent at best. Dr. Kilaru will introduce you to the field of synthetic biology and its potential to transform agriculture, health and energy sectors. She will then lead a discussion on the public perception of potential risks and ethical and social implications associated with the field.

November 4 and 11:  The Celtic World.  Dr. Jennifer Paxton, Professor, Catholic University of America.  Dr. Paxton presents (on DVD) the last two of six lectures that explore who the Celts are and discusses their long history, culture and lasting effect on the world from 500 BC to today.  This will conclude the series.

November 18: Music and Instruments of the Celtic World. Ms. Tammie Davis, B.M. in Music Education and M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from ETSU, is retired from the Kingsport City Schools after 32 years, where she served as chorus/orchestra director, principal, and director of human resources.  Currently, she is serving as TEAM Coach for the First CORE (Centers of Regional Excellence) Office for the Tennessee Department of Education. Ms. Davis will share the music of the Celtic region on the hammered dulcimer, fiddle, and viola.  Celtic music is defined as music that originates from the countries of Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The people who live in these locations are known as Celts, which is how the music became known as Celtic music. Celtic music is best described as a type of folk music with distinctive music and lyrics.

Wednesday 1:30 – 3:30 PM

October 21: The Story of Bellafina Chocolates. Ms. Brenda Barnicki, founder and creator. In 2010, she combined her passions for leading businesses, making decadent chocolates, and advocating for children by creating Bellafina Chocolates, a gourmet chocolate company. Did you know that downtown Kingsport is home to a “one of its kind” social enterprise dedicated to helping threatened women and children? Learn what makes a social enterprise, how a group of dedicated volunteers have built Bellafina Chocolates into a force for good in our community, and how each of us can use our unique gifts and talents to make a positive difference in the world! Ms. Barnicki will discuss the history of her Kingsport company and the reasons that it donates 100% of its profits to children’s charities and is run almost entirely by volunteers and struggling single mothers and women in recovery. Bellafina Chocolates specializes in artisan chocolate truffles and can customize corporate gifts, special event favors, and personal gifts. After her presentation at KCHE, KACL small group tours of the chocolate factory will be scheduled.

October 28:  Exploring Ireland. Dr. Ron Zucker, Retired Professor of Computer Science, ETSU, and avid landscape photographer will take us on a multi-media photographic journey to the Emerald Isle.  He is a favorite of KACL audiences.

Thursday 10:00 AM – Noon

October 29 – November 19:  What You Don’t Know Can Kill You.  Ms. Leslie Lynch, retired trial attorney representing primarily employers before the federal district, 9th circuit and supreme courts.

Topics listed below:

  • October 29:            The Donner Party Disaster

  • November 5:          A Looming Disaster: The Franklin Expedition

  • November 12:        The Second Time Around: Custer and Little Bighorn

  • November 19:       The Disastrous Scott Terra Nova Expedition 

Thursday 1:30 – 3:30 PM

October 22:  The Sound of Hope: Music as Solace, Resistance and Salvation in the Camps of Auschwitz and Terezin.  Dr. Kellie Brown, Chair, Department of Music, Milligan University.  Dr. Brown has a B.M. in Performance from ETSU, an M.M. in Performance from Appalachian State University, and an Ed.D. from ETSU.  She has published numerous compositions and is recognized as an authority on music in the concentration camps during the Holocaust, especially on the women’s orchestra at Auschwitz.  The Nazis forced prisoners in concentration camps to form orchestras and to play as prisoners marched to and from work details or as the SS sought entertainments.  Dr. Brown will discuss the formation of these groups and play some of the music passed down from the orchestras.

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